1 Here I paused, I knew not why; but I remained some minutes with my eyes fixed on a coach that was coming towards me from the other end of the street.
2 They have brought the whole coach full of playthings for the children.
3 He makes a monstrous deal of money, and they keep their own coach.
4 Under the circumstances, I felt that Joe could hardly fail to discern in the pale young gentleman, an appropriate passenger to be put into the black velvet coach; therefore, I said nothing of him.
5 I am extremely sorry; but I knew there was a coach from your part of the country at midday, and I thought you would come by that one.
6 It was the afternoon coach by which I had taken my place, and, as winter had now come round, I should not arrive at my destination until two or three hours after dark.
7 Still, the coincidence of our being together on the coach, was sufficiently strange to fill me with a dread that some other coincidence might at any moment connect me, in his hearing, with my name.
8 As to the convicts, they went their way with the coach, and I knew at what point they would be spirited off to the river.
9 I am to come to London the day after to-morrow by the midday coach.
10 Not that its arrival brought me either; for, then I was worse than ever, and began haunting the coach-office in Wood Street, Cheapside, before the coach had left the Blue Boar in our town.
11 I explained that I was waiting to meet somebody who was coming up by coach, and I inquired after the Castle and the Aged.
12 And the worst was, that I must decide quickly, or I should miss the afternoon coach, which would take me down in time for to-night.
13 If I had taken a hackney-chariot and gone by the streets, I should have missed my aim; going as I did, I caught the coach just as it came out of the yard.
14 His uneasiness increasing instead of subsiding, after a quarter of an hour's consideration, he set off for the coach-office with Startop, who volunteered his company, to make inquiry when the next coach went down.
15 Finding that the afternoon coach was gone, and finding that his uneasiness grew into positive alarm, as obstacles came in his way, he resolved to follow in a post-chaise.